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Bishops condemn exposing children to pornography

Bishop Peter Commensoli

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have called pornography exposure among children “a form of abuse” in a submission published by a Senate inquiry last week.The Bishops’ Commission for Family, Youth and Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference made a submission to a Senate inquiry into the harm done to children through online pornography.The submission said children “have a right to be ... Read More »

MS sufferer Fiona Ward prepares for emotional journey to walk again

Fiona Ward

BUNDABERG mum Fiona Ward is hopefully five weeks away from walking without a cane or using a wheelchair for the first time in a year. The mother of three and parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bundaberg, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. Her health has declined dramatically in the past year, leaving the former police officer wheelchair-bound and in ... Read More »

Abbott to give public lecture for scholarship commemorating former headmaster

Memorial lecture

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott will help launch a memorial scholarship that pays tribute to his Sydney school headmaster, the late Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan. Mr Abbott will address the inaugural Fr Gregory Jordan SJ Memorial Scholarship at a public lecture on April 29 in Brisbane. A spokesperson for Mr Abbott said the former prime minister looked forward to delivering ... Read More »

Brisbane communities ready to give jobs to incoming Syrian refugees

Syrians to have jobs in Brisbane

MORE than one hundred businesses and organisations have signed up to provide job opportunities for Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Brisbane in coming months. Last November, the Queensland Government pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. In response, Multicultural Development Association, the independent, non-government settlement organization, launched a Queensland-wide campaign to find 500 work-experience ... Read More »

Josephites gather for milestone

Josephites

JOSEPHITES across Australia marked the order’s 150th anniversary in Masses throughout the country last week, with particular gratitude in Queensland.  Without the perseverance of the sisters in the early 1900s, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart may not have gathered in Brisbane on March 19 to celebrate a sesquicentenary at all. Sr Mary MacKillop and her sisters ... Read More »

A bishop for the people

Bishop Raymond Benjamin

BISHOP Raymond Benjamin, Townsville’s fourth Bishop, was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville on March 17. The cathedral congregation joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and many other bishops and priests to farewell Bishop Benjamin, 91, who died earlier this month. Fr Orm Rush, on behalf of the priests of the ... Read More »

Brisbane mum of four with incurable cancer meets Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets The Cassady family

TERMINALLY ill mum Karen Cassady is facing the last few years of her life with supernatural joy after meeting Pope Francis in Rome. Mrs Cassady was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, an incurable disease that has left her with a one per cent chance of living another five years. Doctors have told her she will never be in remission, as at ... Read More »

What Jean Madden is creating could end homelessness

Swags with walls

LIVING on the streets could be a thing of the past if Brisbane entrepreneur Jean Madden’s new cabin project takes off. Ms Madden has launched the “swags with walls” business to shelter the homeless, with a vision to provide life-skills training and potential to create hundreds of jobs. The founder of the not-for-profit Street Swags has set up a factory ... Read More »

New Catholic report tells stories of murder, kidnapping and torture in West Papua

West Papua

ALLEGATIONS of recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua, have been documented in a new Church report. The report documents Muslims being radicalised in the once predominantly Christian Papuan provinces, and “very active” Muslim militias that burn down Papuan houses. The report was compiled by the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission’s Shadow Human ... Read More »

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